BIT­TEN BY BEARS EARS

Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY DREW RUIZ

Off-road Ed­i­tor An­drew Ol­dar was re­minded of an im­por­tant les­son while rid­ing a Suzuki DR650SE for our fea­ture “Ten­der Ground,” on page 34. A for­mer pro tri­als rider, Ol­dar’s no stranger to putting on a show, so when pho­tog­ra­pher Drew Ruiz pointed his lens at the set­ting sun over Cedar Mesa, Utah, Ol­dar kicked up some dust and popped the clutch for an easy slide. It’s a move he’s done a thou­sand times on mo­tocross bikes from ev­ery man­u­fac­turer, but the DR650 isn’t a mo­tocross bike. It’s a 366-pound dual-sport from the ’90s with road-le­gal rub­ber, a fact Ol­dar re­mem­bered about the time Ruiz took this photo.

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